Dear CWN contributors:

Due to the overwhelming response from Civil War News subscribers, advertisers and readers, Jack Melton has decided to continue Civil War News in its current newspaper format instead of transitioning some of it into a new magazine. I will stay on an issue or two until he has support staff. As Jack said, “We value the opinions and input from readers who have spoken loud and clear.” I am impressed by the energy and skill Jack brought to The Artilleryman which he acquired from me in April. His last three issues have been visually stunning, interesting, and have attracted new readers and advertisers. The regular CWN departments and features will continue, along with some new ones. The Civil War community will have to respond with editorial contributions, subscriptions and ads if Civil War News is to be successful. The CWN website and Facebook (70,000+) will continue as well. We hope you will continue your relationship with Civil War News. Until we get through the transition I am keeping the mail@civilwarnews.com address. Jack can be reached at publisher@historicalpublicationsLLC.com. The 800-777-1862 number rings in Georgia now. As I said just a few weeks ago, I appreciate your past service to Civil War News – I look forward to your future service as well. A good 2016 to all. Kay Jorgensen

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  • N.H. Flags’ Needs Are Neglected
    By Kathryn Jorgensen
    CONCORD, N.H. — “We will now enter the dark ages of flag preservation in New Hampshire,” says Dave Nelson, chairman of the New Hampshire Battle Flags Preservation Committee, a non-profit formed by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War in 2007.



  • Last Lowered Confederate Flag Seen On 150th Anniversary Of Surrender
    By Scott C. Boyd
    RICHMOND, Va. – The last Confederate flag was not lowered at Appomattox when Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865.

  • Trail, Markers, Ceremony Celebrate Fleetwood Hill
    By Scott C. Boyd
    BRANDY STATION, Va. – Some 200 people gathered at Fleetwood Hill, in the heart of the Brandy Station battlefield, on Oct. 26 to celebrate the preservation of and new historic markers for the largest cavalry battle ever fought in North America.


Civil War News is a current events monthly newspaper published by Jack W. Melton Jr. of Historical Publications LLC.

A special thank you goes out to former publisher Kathryn Jorgensen and her staff, Beth Godin and Linda for all of their years of service supporting our hobby. They have worked very hard producing a wonderful product we all have been able to enjoy reading for over 41 years.

Kay and her late husband Peter were community newspaper publishers,
collectors and history buffs. The newspaper was founded in 1974 by
Michael A. Cavanaugh as The Civil War Book Exchange.

Civil War News publishes:

More than 600 coming event listings a year

Extensive coverage of preservation efforts and threats at sites across the country

In-depth reviews of more than 200 Civil War books a year

A monthly guest Preservation News editorial page column

Regular columns on firearms by Joe Bilby, images by Ron Coddington and Civil War Round Tables by Matthew Borowick,medical by Jim Schmidt. We're happy to announce a new column by The Watchdog

Photo coverage of reenactments

Special sections with new year's coming events and unit & group recruiting ads in January, information about groups doing preservation fundraising in April, Gettysburg in July and Civil War books in November.

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